I am a ceramic designer-maker from Hong Kong, trained in Ceramic Design in London and currently based in Japan.
My approach to practice is driven by research and material processes, as well as stories behind different cultures and traditional rituals.
Ceramics to me, is a like undertaking a journey - it fuels inquisitive discovery and creates infinite surprises. Maintaining a persistent and positive approach is key to my practice, and it’s an energy that I wish to deliver through my work.
I was in Hong Kong for 3 years (2017-2020), during which I produced my work at a studio in Sheung Wan, gained several exhibiting opportunities both locally and in Singapore, and was commissioned to create two installations for Lee Tung Avenue and the iconic Hong Kong Tram.
Before moving to Hong Kong, I was based in London, where I established my own brand upon graduation - Amanda Tong Ceramics. In addition to extending The Perfect Imbalance Collection, I also had the opportunity to shadow London-based artists & ceramists - Petr Weigl, Sue Binns, and Valeria Nascimento , which has rewarded me with insights into a range of materials, from wall installations to batch pottery productions.
I graduated with a First Class Honours, from Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins, London (2011–2014) - a specialist design course which introduced me to the transformational material of clay. My work, The Perfect Imbalance was awarded 'Sylvia Nisbet Prize' which gained me a 2-week artist residency in Poland.
Previous to this, I first experienced ceramic art when I was 14. I took sculpture class as one of the subjects at my high school in the UK, then continued through both GSCEs and A-Levels. My GSCEs result was the Top 10 in the UK and I was rewarded as an Art scholar. It was here where my love for ceramics developed, and I'm proud to say, it has not stopped ever since.
PAST SHOWS & EXHIBITIONS
2020 — 'Maker's Yard', Noumachi, Japan
2020 — 'Classic Craft Modern Meaning', Hong Kong Tramways, Hong Kong
2019 — 'Textualised', Plantation, Hong Kong
2019 — 'New China Contemporary Chinese Ceramics Exhibition', Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong
2019 — 'Touched by Romance', Touch Ceramics, Hong Kong
2018 — 'Thousand Faces & Sake Wares Exhibition', Touch Ceramics, Hong Kong
2018 — 'Saobao Twenty years Anniversary International Exhibition for Ceramics Art', Jingdezhen
2017 — 'Art of Living', Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore
2017 — 'Hong Kong New Ceramicists', Tung Yao Ceramics Design Studio, Hong Kong
2017 — 'International Chinese Medicine Cultural Festival', Lee Tung Avenue, Hong Kong
2017 — 'International Chinese Medicine Cultural Festival', Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong
2017 — 'International Chinese Medicine Cultural Festival', Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, Hong Kong
2017 — 'International Chinese Medicine Cultural Festival', Olympian City, Hong Kong
2017 — 'Craftsmanship alone is not enough', Lethaby Gallery, London
2017 — 'The Language of Tea', Space 27, Hong Kong
2016 — Canada Place Shopping Mall Window Display, Canary Wharf, London
2016 — London Design Festival, Central Saint Martins, London
2014 — 'Art Food', Pratt Institute South Gallery, New York, USA
2014 — 'Art Food', Pangolin Gallery, London
2014 — The Creative Outlet, UAL Showroom, London
2014 — 'When Arts Meet 2014', JCCAC, Hong Kong
2014 — 'Restless Futures', Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, London
2014 — Design Junction, The Sorting Office, London
2014 — 'Art Food', Galeria Neon, Wroclaw, Poland
2014 — New Designers 2014, Business Design Centre, London
PRESS & MEDIA
2020 — 'Hong Kong’s last craft masters and the artists trying to keep their skills alive', SCMP POST Magazine, Hong Kong
2020 — 'Art Show on a tram pays tribute to Hong Kong's traditional crafts', Zolima CityMag, Hong Kong
2019 — '陶瓷生活', 星島實用家居 Sing Tao Home Fantasy Vol. 795, Hong Kong
2019 — '千面。酒皿珍藏展-藝術家介紹：湯凱恩-amanda-tong', Umai Mmagazine, Hong Kong
Sylvia Nisbet Prize, Central Saint Martins
Nominated in The Lowe Nova Awards 2014, Lowe and Partners
New Designers Part 1 'One to Watch' Awards, craft&design
Potclays Ceramics Prize, Potclays
Art Scholarship, Clifton College Art Association